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Jose Alaniz
C LIT 496
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Comparative Literature

Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

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What is “disability”?  What is “health”?  What is “normal”?  What is a “body”?  This course will examine how these questions have historically been answered in Russia and its cultural productions involving disability, focusing on 19th -21st -century literature and art.  Among our topics:  the grotesque, the “holy fool” and  the “cult of suffering.”  We conclude with a consideration of the disabled in late/post-Soviet Russia – a (still-ongoing) historical moment in which discourses of disability have reached unprecedented levels – and ponder the future of disability rights in Russia. 

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Yuko Mera
Date: 04/25/2013